Body and Society (853L6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You explore how different societies conceptualise and experience the human body from social-science perspectives.

Interest in the body with respect to power (Foucault, Bourdieu, Clarke), gender (Harraway, Irigay, Butler) and affect (Csordas, Lambek, Gregg, Seigworth) has boomed. 

You study how the body represents a challenge for understanding the changing body-society and body-technology interfaces, for example, electronic tagging, digital employment, and cybridisation, and explore ethnographic and theoretical contributions to this field in a global context.

You consider the body as a site on which social and cultural processes are inscribed, where power relations converge and are articulated, and as a site where agency is performed and articulated by various means.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: